Complex harmonic construction, contagious bass line, and flawless falsetto. Charlie Puth’s “How Long” contains these amazing traits, and oh so many more. At only 25 years old, Puth has disrupted the pop music scene quite a bit. “How Long” is the second single released on his upcoming album VoiceNotes, and it has blown up the music scene as much as, if not more, his first single from the album “Attention”. The two songs both have a funky pop vibe, enhanced by Charlie’s mind blowing vocals, a bass line that just makes you want to dance, and a beat that is refreshingly dance-y without relying on electronic sounds too much.
The song tells us the story of a cheater being confronted by his girlfriend. The chorus goes, “how long has this been going on?” referring to the unfaithfulness. It isn’t confirmed if the inspiration for the song comes from Charlie’s personal experience or an outside/imaginary, and no one will ever be 100% sure. Regardless of whether or not Puth has actually been guilty of infidelity, I love the song. Call me immoral, but his personal life isn’t why I listen to his music. You know when you hear a song and it makes you feel like you have found the music of your soul? Not necessarily because of its complexity or deep meaning, but just because it makes you feel so good to listen to? THAT is how I feel listening to Charlie Puth- “How Long” and “Attention” specifically.
One particular part of the song that I could listen to on repeat is from 2:25 to 2:50 during which the music in paired down to leave room for Charlie’s beautiful falsetto, and within that 25 seconds the instruments go from barely-there to full-fledged-jamming. When it reaches it’s peak, Charlie switches from delicate falsetto to intense belting. As a singer myself, I admire this transition and how Puth seamlessly switches between two extremely different types of singing, which is super difficult and super impressive. His talent is refreshing and inspiring; I am very critical of pop singers because I understand the intricacies of vocal performance (I’ve been in choir and worship bands for about 6 years - not to say that I am anywhere close to being an expert) and I appreciate when I hear a singer that has serious talent that doesn’t need to be edited, electronically enhanced, or covered up by busy instruments in the background. Charlie Puth is one of the good ones.
I will continue to play these two songs on repeat until VoiceNotes is released in January of 2018. The more I listen to them, the more exciting details I find within the music. I hope you will join me in anticipation. I am stoked to find out what the rest of the album will sound like. I suspect more funky beats and life changing falsetto and harmonies. All in all, just pure beauty. Stay tuned.
By: Livvy Nolin